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Citizenship School of Political Studies (CSPS)

The Citizenship School of Political Studies in Morocco was established in December 2012 with the aim to support Moroccan leaders who actively participate in public and political life.

The School was created by 40 national and regional non-governmental organizations, which work in different areas of democratic government and human rights, and has being supported by the Council of Europe. The focus of its activities is on training of young Moroccan leaders in the areas of national public policies and on topics related to challenges in applying the new Constitution of the country, adopted in 2011. The School strives at creating conditions for debate, bridging theoretical knowledge and practical skills, and making political processes more accessible and understandable to all.

The annual training cycle includes a cohort of 30 participants - men and women from all regions of the country. The trainings are in the form of seminars, round tables and conferences, in which national and international experts with diverse experience are invited.

The School's mission is to support young leaders from political parties, trade unions, NGOs, public and local administration and to stimulate public debate related to human rights and democratization.

The School is a member of the Association of Schools of Political Studies and is part of the CoE efforts to promote democratic reform in the Southern Mediterranean.



Bulgarian School of Politics "Dimitry Panitza" (BSoP)

Bulgarian school of politics “Dimitry Panitza” was established in 2001. It is part of the network of schools of political studies under the auspices of the Council of Europe, in which 21 organisations from Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and the South Mediterranean take part. The BSoP`s mission is to support the creation of a community of civic and political leaders with an active stand in national, European and global political and public life, devoted to contemporary democratic values of pluralism, tolerance and informed debate.

BSoP has extensive experience in several key areas. Through training programmes the School aims to encourage the process of democratization in Bulgaria and the countries from the Western Balkans, Black Sea region and the South Mediterranean.

In the National Programme “Governing Skills” public and political leaders from parliamentary represented parties, NGOs, central and local administration, trade unions and magistrates are trained. The aim of the trainings is to promote public debate on important topics such as principles of effective and ethical governance, human rights, gender equality, and supremacy of law and judiciary reform. The BSoP maintains a network of more than 650 alumni of the National programme, and supports their work on important public causes.

From 2003 to 2011 more than 200 young public and political leaders from Southeast European states went through the Regional Programme “Political Debate in Southeast Europe”. The goal of this programme was to promote a transnational constructive dialogue on common problems for the region.

The School also actively offers its know-how to the countries in North Africa. The Tunisian school of politics was founded with the support of BSoP. The main role of the Bulgarian school is to provide methodological assistance to the Tunisian School of Politics and to help in its capacity building. The Citizen School of Political Studies in Morocco and BSoP have a strategic agreement for cooperation and exchange of expertise. Due to the Bulgarian expertise, the establishment of the Civic and Political school in Yaoundé, Cameroon was supported.

The School supports the methodological and institutional development of Ukrainian and Moldovan Schools of Politics and shares its specific expertise in the field of the accession to NATO and EU. BSoP is contributing towards the creation of better training opportunities for politicians, government officials and leaders of non-governmental sector through the implementation of training of trainers’ projects.

The Bulgarian School of Politics “Dimitry Panitza” also works for the promotion of civil participation in Bulgaria’s public life. The School does researches of the forms of institutional public control and supports means of informed choice for the citizens through various initiatives and on-line tools. Part of BSoP’s activities is also the topic about climate change and energy, as the realisation of sustainable low-carbon growth both for the economies of Bulgaria and Europe and in the world is one of the biggest challenges ahead of the humanity today. The School has a long-standing tradition in the area of philanthropy. With numerous initiatives, it aims to revive the value of charity in the society and runs public debates on problems and challenges that philanthropy faces in Bulgaria.